Leverkusen - Roma: Turning point, counter-kick, break in extra time

Published on: 11 May 2024
Leverkusen - Roma: Turning point, counter-kick, break in extra time
Leverkusen - Roma: Turning point, counter-kick, break in extra time

Bayer Leverkusen welcomed AS Roma to the BayArena for the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. Xabi Alonso's team was leading 2-0 after the first leg, shares with BetMentor.com, Spanish coach decided to rest their best attacking player, Wirtz, on the bench.

In the 4th minute, Lukaku had a chance to score, but his finish was too clumsy. After that, Leverkusen dominated the game. Roma's goalkeeper Svilar had to work hard, and the crossbar also saved Roma once.

At the most difficult moment, the visitors unexpectedly scored. Leverkusen's Tah committed a foul in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Paredes didn't miss the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. This was the only goal of the first half.

In the second half, AS Roma intensified their attack, and Leverkusen's goalkeeper Kovar had to make continuous saves. The pressure from the away team paid off in the 64th minute when a Leverkusen defender clumsily handled the ball inside the penalty area. The VAR advised, and Roma was awarded their second penalty. Paredes completed his brace to level the aggregate score at 2-2.

As Leverkusen pushed forward, they received an unexpected gift. Smalling and Svilar misunderstood each other in an aerial challenge, and Macini unintentionally turned the ball into his own net.

With the advantage restored, Bayer Leverkusen took control of possession and waited for their chance. AS Roma decided to go all out in injury time and paid the price. Stanisic showed class with a finish inside the penalty area to seal a 2-2 draw for the second leg and help Leverkusen win 4-2 on aggregate after both legs. Furthermore, they extended their unbeaten streak to 49 matches.